Sometimes in the weeks before Christmas arrives, I start feeling like I need to escape the logistics of Christmas and just enjoy the magic of the season. Last weekend was one of those moments.
One of our favorite quick getaways is The Blue Heron in Rigby, Idaho. This Idaho gem is located at 706 N. Yellowstone Highway. Driving down the gravel lane, you catch a glimpse of the river to your left and well manicured grounds to your right. As you round the curve of the driveway, the imposing lodge almost reaches out to greet you. Blue Heron Inn graces the banks of the Snake River. Several moose and many different kinds of birds call this area home. One unique feature about this bed & breakfast is that it is conveniently just off the highway exit, but once you’re there, it feels remote enough to encourage a slower pace.
Inside, notice gorgeous imported slate floors, pine beams and staircase. Straight ahead is the aptly named, great room. This room is a beautiful place to sit and listen to soothing music and gaze out the two story windows that look out over the Snake River. It’s rustic, yet elegant and very inviting.
The six guest rooms of the main building are divided, half on the first floor and half upstairs. One is wheelchair accessible. They also offer a room in the carriage house, which is the only room that allows pets. Each room has a view worth waking up early to see. The upstairs rooms have private balconies and two have their own fireplaces.
Each room is cozy and stocked with two fluffy white bathrobes to make the short trip to the hot tub. Once out on the large deck, it seems you can see every star in the sky. Soaking in steaming water as the moon rises over the river is a must! A reading nook window seat, puzzles, and board games all beg for well spent leisure time. Walking along the winding river past the back of the inn is invigorating and offers beautiful scenery.
From 8:00-9:00 breakfast is offered in the cheerful dining room. On Blue Heron’s website they claim to serve a “lumberjack” breakfast and I daresay, one will not be disappointed! Guests are treated to dishes such as stuffed french toast, omelets, or eggs benedict with a pesto butter on the english muffin. It is amazing!
The owners, Dennis & Sandy Koffel, are delightful to chat with and will often share their short videos and pictures of the resident wildlife as they serve the filling meal.
Check out time isn’t until 11:00 so take your time and enjoy your surroundings! Honestly, I always think staying several nights would be the best idea!
If you go:
Go directly to their website: http://www.idahoblueheron.com or call directly at 1(208) 821-8220.
Ask for one of the suites upstairs. All of the rooms are beautiful, but the amenities and views in these particular rooms are worth the extra cost.
Please note that young children cannot be accommodated at this property because of liability issues with the nearby river. Older children are allowed in the large room at the carriage house only.
The small town of Rigby shuts down fairly early, but there are several places to eat that have wonderful food. Just plan ahead! If needed, Rexburg is only 8 minutes north or Idaho Falls is 15 minutes south.
Just about 90 minutes to West Yellowstone Park